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Nominations open for annual Graduate Student Recognition Awards

A group of people stand on a stage, with a graduate supervisor in the centre, holding her Grad Award certificate.

Has your supervisor played a pivotal role in your graduate experience? Perhaps one of your teaching assistants made a difference and deserves kudos for all that hare work. Do you know a grad student athlete who has made an outstanding contribution as a team builder?Nominations are now open for the annual McMaster Graduate Student Recognition Awards, a joint initiative between your Graduate Students Association and the School of Graduate Studies.These annual awards highlight student success inteachingcommunicating researchleadership on campus and beyondAwards also recognize the outstanding work done by supervisors and graduate community staff.Nomination deadline: September 24, 2019Visit the Graduate Student Recognition Awardsfor more about eligibility and how to nominate an individual. […]

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New MacDATA fellows ready to tease new insights out of complex data

Seven graduate students have received fellowships from McMaster’s MacDATA Institute to pursue interdisciplinary projects that apply data analysis, collection and curation methodologies to a number of areas, including water quality monitoring, children’s mental health outcomes and brain activity in PTSD, among others. […]

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Call open for MacDATA graduate fellowship

The advent of large collection of data and ensuing development in data analysis techniques has made collaboration between data scientists and content experts necessary for cutting-edge research. Furthermore, there is a need for trainees to be exposed to both aspects of such research, namely for data science trainees to learn about real life practical projects […]

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Applications open for Wilson Leadership Scholars

Wilson scholar Alyssia Jovellanos sits behind a desk. Two people sit in front of her, their backs are to the camera. One is motioning with her hands in the air.

The Wilson Leadership Scholar Award applications and nominations are open for both graduate and undergraduate students. While the award program is financially generous, at $25,000 for undergrads and up to $25,000 for graduate students, it also provides valuable experiences. “It was life changing. I wouldn’t be the same person had I not gone through the […]

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MIRA awards Mac researchers more than $500,000 for work in mobility and aging

Faculty members speak to students during a poster session.

Thirteen McMaster research projects, from every faculty and a wide range of disciplines, have received funding totalling more than $500,000 from the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and its affiliate Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging. MIRA has awarded Labarge Catalyst grants totalling $240,000 to six interdisciplinary research proposals, each with team members […]

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Harvey Longboat Graduate Scholarship will honour Indigenous scholars

McMaster’s School of Graduate Studies has announced a new scholarship to encourage Indigenous undergraduate students to study at the graduate level. Students from First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities will be eligible for the $15,000 scholarship, named after Six Nation’s educator and Cayuga chief Harvey Longboat. The first award will be made for the 2010-2011 academic year. […]

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Anthropologist leaves gift, legacy to students days before her death

Shelly Saunders

Shelly Saunders made a donation to establish the Shelly Saunders Scholarship in Anthropology before her death in May 2008. File photo.
The legacy of internationally renowned anthropology professor Shelley Saunders, who spent her career teaching students how to solve the mysteries of the past, will be carried on thanks to a $547,250 gift to build the best anthropology program in the country.
Saunders died of cancer in May of this year, but days before her death, made the donation to establish the Shelley Saunders Scholarships in Anthropology, a lasting legacy for graduate students to give them the tools and resources they need to be the great thinkers and scientific detectives of our time.
“Shelley loved her students,” says her husband, Victor Koloshuk. “She particularly loved mentoring them and working very closely with them. She believed McMaster’s success as an international institution in anthropology meant attracting young, bright students and this gift would help them greatly.”
The formal announcement of Saunders’ gift will be made Thursday, November 6 at 5 p.m. before a room full of her friends and colleagues, in the West Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel in Hamilton. Earlier in the day, the Annual Meeting for the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology, which is being held at the same venue, will pay tribute to her life’s work in a special symposium.
“Shelley was a leader in the field of skeletal biology and physical anthropology, and certainly a leader at McMaster,” says Peter George, president of the University. “She was admired for her innovative teaching methods and research skills, and her clear-eyed approach to her work. She distinguished herself academically: as the first biological anthropologist to be elected to the prestigious Royal Society of Canada, and to receive a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. This donation is a bittersweet one for us; we are truly grateful for such a generous gift, and deeply saddened that we cannot share this occasion with Shelley in person.”
Saunders was instrumental in the development of research at McMaster University. She initiated the Children and Childhood in Human Societies research network, founded and established the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre, and directed the expansion of the McMaster Anthropology Hard Tissue and Light Microscopy Laboratory.
Saunders was also frequently called upon by local police to lend her expertise and help solve difficult forensic cases. Under her tutelage, Saunders’ students also flourished. Some of them worked on high profile investigations, including the Robert Pickton investigation in British Columbia.
“Shelley’s life was anthropology and delving into the past,” says Koloshuk. “It is my hope that this gift might be something the students will rally around, that it will help get them really involved and bring them together for a common cause. Hopefully this is just the beginning.” […]

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Graduate Students Recognition Day celebrates excellence

The McMaster University community is invited to attend the 12th Annual Graduate Students Recognition Day on Tuesday, March 18 in Convocation Hall. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
The event represents a collaborative effort between the Graduate Students Association (GSA) and the School of Graduate Studies to celebrate the contributions of graduate students to innovation and discovery at McMaster.
Graduate students help McMaster achieve its academic mission. The award categories honour graduate student excellence in research communication, teaching assistance, and leadership in athletics and community service.
The contributions of graduate faculty and non-academic staff are acknowledged with the President’s Awards for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and the GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff. […]

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